Thursday, July 9, 2009
Guru Dutt (Vasanth Kumar Padukone) was born on July 9, 1925 in Bangalore, India.
He did his schooling in Bengal and spoke fluent Bengali.
He was a well known actor, director and producer in Bombay film industry. Some of his memorable films were Baazi, Jaal, Aar Paar, Mr. and Mrs. 55, C.I.D., Pyaasa, Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam and Kagaz ke Phool.
He married Geeta Roy in 1953 overcoming a great deal of family opposition. Later, he was said to have a romantic involvement with Waheeda Rehman. He died on October 10, 1964 from overdose of sleeping pills.
"Pyaasa" is a story of a struggling poet Vijay (GuruDutt) who was ditched by his love, Meena(Mala Sinha). She married a wealthy publisher, Mr. Ghosh(Rehman). Vijay meets a prostitute, Gulabo(Waheeda), who loves his poems and gets those published. At the end, Vijay, who had enough of this selfish world, leaves with his true companion, Gulabo.
In 2004, the sound track of Pyaasa was chosen as Best film music by British film institute magazine.
This was the last collaboration of the popular SDB, Sahir team.
The story was partly based on the life of its writer Chandra Shekhar 'Prem' .
"Hum aap ki aankhon mein" was added upon pressure from the distributors...as a relief from a pessimistic story.
Guru Dutt had initially hoped for Nargis, Madhubala and Dilip Kumar for the roles of Meena, Gulabo and Vijay.
Movie: Pyaasa (1957)
Music: S D Burman
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Original singer: Geeta Dutt
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